Kate is a Melbourne based consultant with over 20 years’ experience in natural resource management. She is a recognised specialist in strategic planning across land, water and biodiversity.
Her key skills and capabilities include development of management plans and strategies. She is adept at assisting clients formulate clear goals and objectives and management actions that are measurable, achievable and realistic. Key skills and capabilities also include project and program evaluation and writing and editing for the natural resource sector.
Her clients include Catchment Management Authorities (CMAs) in Victoria and New South Wales, various local governments, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), the Environment Protection Authority (EPA), rural water authorities and not-for-profit research and extension organisations.
Plans and Strategies
Project and Program Evaluation
Writing and Editing
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Monash University
Master of Arts (Environmental Studies) University of Melbourne
Management Plans and Strategies
Kate has extensive experience in the development of management plans and strategies across land, water and biodiversity. She has developed a number of strategies in Victoria for local government, Catchment Management Authorities (CMAs), rural water authorities and not-for-profit research and extension organisations.
Strategies typically include an assessment of the natural, social and economic environment and management actions to improve land use and productivity, protect natural assets, and strengthen community capacity and resilience.
Her work is recognised for achieving broad scale agreement between agencies on principles of sustainable land use and development, providing strong strategic direction and clear management objectives.
Kate works closely with consultation and engagement specialists to engage a wide array of stakeholders and establish cooperative partnerships between community, agencies and government.
Project and Program Evaluation
Kate has managed a number of projects within the natural resource sector to provide evidence about the appropriateness, impact, effectiveness and efficiency, of projects and programs.
Project and program evaluations that she has conducted have been supported by a range of public and private land managers, including Catchment Management Authorities (CMAs), rural water authorities, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Trust for Nature, and the Australian National University (ANU).
Evaluations that she has worked on draw upon field work, surveys and scientific data and reports.
Evaluations recently conducted by Kate include assessment of the implications of grazing management for biodiversity conservation in north-east Victoria as well as a number of evaluations of the irrigation modernisation program in northern Victoria.
Kate has also conducted state-wide projects to identify issues and opportunities for enhancing Catchment Management Authority (CMA) Monitoring Evaluation and Reporting (MER) of land, water and biodiversity.
Writing and Editing
Kate is recognised for her written communication skills and ability to tailor technical information and findings in a way that is clear, interesting and concise.
She is specialised in working with complex subject matter, ensuring logic, reducing complexity and conveying technical concepts to the intended audience without any loss of meaning.
All of the plans and strategies that Kate has written have been released for public comment.
Specific writing and editing expertise includes:
- Plans and strategies
- Technical writing
- Tenders and proposals
- Case studies
- Website content
- Annual Reports
Lake Hawthorn Management Plan, Lower Murray Water, Mildura Rural City Council, Goulburn Murray Water
Kow Swamp, Lake Hume, Lake Eildon and Lake Eppalock Land and On-Water Management Plan, Goulburn Murray Water
Goulburn Broken High Country Rail Trail (GBHCRT) Management Plan, Mansfield Shire Council, Murrindindi Shire Council and Mitchell Shire Council
Implications of Grazing Management for Biodiversity Conservation and Productivity Outcomes in Threatened Grassy Woodlands of Northern Victoria, North East and North Central Catchment Management Authority
Landowner Evaluations, Irrigation Modernisation and Connections, Northern Victoria Irrigation Renewal Program (NVIRP)
Enhancing CMA Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting, North East Catchment Management Authority (on behalf of all CMAs in Victoria)
Audit of the Status of Completion of Approved Corangamite Catchment Management Authority Regional Catchment Strategy Activities, Corangamite Catchment Management Authority and Environment Protection Authority
Review of Regulatory Framework, Risk Assessment, and Recommendation of New Framework for Alternative Water Supplies, Environment Protection Authority, Department of Human Services and Department of Sustainability and Environment
Land Suitability Assessments and Rural Strategies, South Gippsland Shire, East Gippsland Shire, Wellington Shire, Bass Coast Shire, Local Government and Catchment Management Authorities